Laggies Blu-ray Review
Megan (Knightley) is an interesting person to break down. On some levels she’s a very believable person, while some of her actions seem unjustifiable. Ultimately it’s easy to relate with the core person that she is at this moment in time. She’s stuck in neutral without a clear course for life. She’s not waiting for someone to rescue her, but she’s waiting for the correct path to present itself because she’s willing and ready. The path she’s on now, she knows is wrong for her, and she’s just tired of trudging along and wading through pools of uncertainty.
For now, Megan twirls one of those unnecessarily large arrow signs for her father’s business, despite having a grad school degree. She also lives with her high school sweetheart, but she’s far from being in love with him. In fact when he proposes, her eyes look like that of a deer caught in the headlights. There’s added pressure from the fact that one of her good friends from school is getting married and having the stereotypical bachelorette party. So everyone’s “growing up” around her and looking at her as if she’s simply broken for not following along in the sweeping movement of coupledom.
Megan’s not simply avoiding adulthood, but avoiding the crash course in future misery she’s found herself traveling on. It’s almost like everything she’s done was just simply expected of her and she’s following through with her friends and parents expectations. Of course that’s the deep subconscious machine at work in her head. The outer shell is a carefree late 20’s girl simply wanting to avoid responsibility and have fun.
The pressure becomes too much at her friend’s wedding and she flees under the guise of simply buying some rose petals for the newlyweds. Before entering a liquor store, she meets 16-year-old Annika (Moretz). She agrees to buy her and her pals some alcohol and quickly becomes friends with the teenage girl. So now Annika owes Megan a solid. What exactly can a high school student without a car offer a girl in her late 20’s? Not that much, right?
Megan needs a mental and emotional break from everything that’s happening. She asks to stay at Annika’s home for a week while all her concerned friends and family believe she’s simply going to a conference to hone in on her true calling in life. Megan ends up meeting Annika’s father, Craig (Rockwell), who is automatically suspicious of the much older looking Megan. Regardless, he’s a likeable man who’s raising Annika by himself and he has a very lax approach to parenting.
It’s hard to deny that in almost any other movie, Megan would certainly be a very unlikeable character, but Knightley’s performance combined with a smart script definitely has you on her side throughout. It helps that Megan sees Annika being built up to go along the same path of grief she’s currently on. To prevent that horrendous future, she constantly drops advice and tries to sway her on a path more suitable to Annika’s personality and interests. Then there’s Craig, who obviously becomes the romantic interest that will make Megan second guess, and then rethink her relationship and potential marriage.
The term laggies is apparently a real one. It’s kind of like the term slacker, defining someone who simply is avoiding responsibility. Which could easily be the Millennial term for slacker. It certainly could be applied to all the people who are currently graduating college and not finding work in their field. Disappointed about their supposed accomplishments, they’re moving back into their homes by the dozens and finding out that adulthood is not fun. LAGGIES at least leaves us the positive message that we can still find our own calling and slice of happiness.
Video: (1080p Widescreen 1:85:1) A pristine presentation that really brings out suburbia and its lack of lush colors.
Audio: (English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1) For a movie buried in hushed dialogue and intimate conversations, there’s not a lot in terms of sound quality to judge, but it stills comes through clear as a bell.
Audio Commentary with Director Lynn Shelton: I don’t think I’ll ever be a fan of commentaries featuring only one person. There’s some interesting info about shooting and a lot of the messages in the movie, but I need more than one person to hold my interest and prevent dry patches.
Lagging on with Lynn Shelton (8:46): I’m not sure how you would classify this. It has a couple of looks at what the actors believe their characters are about. A little bit of what director feels about the script and of course everyone weighs in on how they feel about the theme.
Shooting Seattle: The Look of Laggies (6:01): Not be blunt, but it’s a feature that focuses on shooting in Seattle. I guess I didn’t feel that Seattle or their surroundings were important to the characters so it’s a bit weird that they would focus on shooting in Seattle.
Deleted Scenes (9:31): Like any deleted scenes feature, it feels like a lot of unnecessary, but it’s easy to see why a good chunk of these were removed. It blatantly hits home the idea that Megan’s character is tired of her life instead of subtly telling the audience.